"Although tired and battered, the clan's Master at Arms still commands the unquestioning respect of his men. His eyes are grimly focused on the horizon, and he has the wistful demeanor of a man who knows he will soon sacrifice his life -- and those of his men -- in a battle that he may not win."
In his youth, Qual-Kehk considered taking a pilgrimage to Kurast. However, he decided against it, reflecting that "I was younger then, and foolish." He later asserted that his place at always been at Harrogath.
Qual-Kehk was the senior man-at-arms at Harrogath, and defended the city during Baal's assault on Mount Arreat. Even with most of his men dead, and others being trapped in the mountain passes, he swore to fight to the end to protect the mountain.
Salvation came in the form of a group of heroes who were in pursuit of Baal. They were able to defeat the Lord of Destruction, but at the cost of the Worldstone's destruction, and with it, Mount Arreat itself.
A Druid in Harrogath! Have things truly come to this?
After the Mage Wars, I assumed Druids would never be seen in Harrogath again. You take a big chance coming here!
To be honest, I have never been comfortable with your shape-shifting kind, but I do respect your search for balance and peace. So, if you trust us enough to enter our gates, I trust you enough to let you stay.
I am Qual-Kehk, the Senior Man-At-Arms of Harrogath.
You have the look of a warrior...An extra soldier will be useful. But don't expect anyone to mourn if you get yourself killed.
Baal is true to his namesake. He has ravaged through our lands like a merciless plague.
The protective ward laid down by our lost Elders helps hold the evil at bay, but Baal's siege has taken its toll all the same.
Most of my men are now dead. Others are trapped in the mountain passes.
But I swear we are not beaten yet! We will fight to the end to protect this mountain!
Anya's father, Aust, was our wisest Elder. He was killed along with the other Elders who erected the ward that protects this city. The ward has kept Baal's demons out of Harrogath, but at a costly sacrifice.
Nihlathak, on the other hand, was the only Elder to escape the demons. Somehow, he alone managed to find sanctuary, while the others died around him.
Ever since that day, Nihlathak and Anya have been at odds.
It seems like everyone feels Nihlathak played a part in Anya's disappearance.
Why would he do such a thing?
After finding Anya
The snake has slipped our grasp! While you were gone, Nihlathak disappeared.
The Ancients are not our enemies. Remember that! They are our ancestors -- our gods.
I warned you!
The Ancients are not like the demons you're accustomed to fighting.
Every time I hear of you, warrior, your deeds become more legendary.
But take heed. You are approaching the very summit of Mount Arreat. I have never dared venture there. It is sacred -- our most holy place. The legends say it is guarded by the Ancients Ones, who block the path of all who are unworthy.
Your reputation here does not matter...It will be the Ancients who determine your worthiness.